Saturday, August 15, 2009
My Alaskan Cruise - August 7-14, 2009
Well, it's almost 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night and I'm going to attempt to blog a little bit about my week in Alaska!
Let me tell you that if you ever get a chance to go on an Alaskan cruise....GO! My words and the pics I took cannot even give it justice!
I took this trip with my mom, my brothers Tim and Nate, and my aunt and uncle Don and Ellen. When we arrived in Seattle we went straight to the hotel. Then, we took the shuttle van to downtown Seattle and Pike's Market. This trip was a journey back in time for us as well as a new adventure to Alaska. In 2002, this same group (except my sister was with us at that time. She couldn't go this time since her and David moved into their new house) went on a long driving journey to Victoria, Canada. My dad was with us also then but we lost him in 2004 to cancer. Being in Seattle this time was bittersweet. Arriving at Pike's Market, we took a pic in the same spot where we took it in 2002 (the first pic on this blog). Wish Dad could have been with us. I miss you still, Dad. I always will!
Seattle is a very pretty city. I should know. I think we walked all over downtown and finally decided after Chinatown to call it a day. I was TIRED by the time we got back to the hotel. I enjoyed going to the market, though. We ate at the Waterfront and I had the chowder in a bread bowl. Very good.
My impression of Seattle? A very busy city and it sort of reminds me of San francisco. You would definitely think that when you walk around the city. Very UPHILL at times! :) I would say it is entertaining to go to Pikes' Market. You just never know what you may see. Several people on the streets there playing guitars and singing. If you take their picture, they want you to donate to their talent. So, guess what, I only took the pic you see here. This guy was far enough away that he had no idea I was taking his pic. No offense, but, guess what, I don't have much money either so I really couldn't contribute to their lifestyles. That's another subject for another day...:)
So, we arrived in Seattle the day before our cruise began so we did get the ultimate tour of the city. Very interesting and tiring day but I loved it. Loved being with my family in this city and exploring all it had to offer. Well, maybe not ALL, know what I mean, but we did see a lot of it....:)
Until next time, more to come about my trip....:)